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University of North Florida senior Thuy Tran and junior Vianca Cabrera, both students in the Brooks College of Health’s Nursing Flagship Program, were recently elected as officers for the Florida Nursing Students Association, which aids in the preparation of nursing students for the assumption of professional responsibilities. Tran was elected president, while Cabrera as Region 2 director.
“The leadership capacity demonstrated by our students is an example of the quality of our program,” said Dr. Li Loriz, director of UNF’s School of Nursing. “Their dedication is encouraging as we face an ever changing health care system. We are so proud of our students.”
Tran, a Southside resident, was elected and installed as FNSA president during the organization’s recent state convention Nov. 1-3 in Daytona. She is the first UNF student to hold this position. Tran has served on the FNSA executive board for a year and was elected as Region 1 director and communication chair in 2011. She is an active member of UNF’s Student Nursing Association and the National Student Nurses Association.
As the Region 2 director, Cabrera, an Arlington resident, will serve as a line of communication between the local SNA chapters within the region and the FNSA. She will also chair the Resolutions Committee. At UNF, she serves on the Curriculum Committee for UNF’s School of Nursing and serves as treasurer for the local SNA on campus.
Tran and Cabrera are the first UNF students to hold their positions and it’s the first time UNF has students serving both as state and national president concurrently. UNF junior Joseph Potts was elected in April as president of the National Student Nurses Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the professional development of nursing students.
The School of Nursing offers a wide variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The program has a community-based, population-focused curriculum corresponding to changes in healthcare delivery trends. The curriculum helps students understand community environments as well as nurturing and building relationships with community agencies. In 2005, the School of Nursing was selected as the first flagship program at UNF.
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.
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